Akamatutu’anga i te iti tangata no te tuatau manakokore ia e te taui’anga reva – Strengthening the Resilience of our Islands and our Communities to Climate Change

The Cook Islands, a group of 15 small islands scattered over 2 million square kilometers in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, are highly vulnerable to cyclones, drought, coastal erosion, and sea-level rise. The project focuses on the remote Northern Group of Pa Enua, more than 1,250 km from the capital, is made up of seven low-lying, sparsely populated, coral atolls and sand cays, with little arable land. Some of these islands benefit from large, productive lagoons that support the farming of pearls, the country’s leading export. They are also the main base for the fishing industry of the Cook Islands. The islands of Pa Enua are particularly hard hit by drought and by cyclones and storm surges, due to their low relief and critical dependence on rainfall for day-to-day water supply. Indeed, vulnerabilities to natural disasters exacerbated by climate change have become so acute that people are steadily leaving the Pa Enua migrating to the southern Cook Islands and overseas.

Objectives: This programme’s objective is to strengthen the ability of Pa Enua, and all Cook Island communities, to make informed decisions and manage anticipated climate change driven pressures in a proactive, integrated and strategic manner. To accomplish this goal, the programme aims to help strengthen national institutions, enhance coordination of efforts at the national level, and ensure more effective delivery of national initiatives at island and community level. Another focus will be on ensuring that staff in the relevant national agencies and organizations have the ability to support island and community development initiatives that build resilience to climate change. The programme also plans to produce a framework for the delivery of reliable and targeted information on the impacts of climate change on terrestrial, marine, and coastal ecosystems in the Pa Enua. Each of the 11 inhabited Pa Enua will produce integrated climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction action plans to guide the implementation of the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures. Community-based climate-change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures will be implemented in relation to crop production, coastal protection, fisheries, tourism, and health and water resources management. Lessons learned and best practices will be collated to improve the effectiveness of the initiatives.

Project Component 1: Strengthening and implementing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction at national levelUS$ 400,000
Project Component 2: Strengthening capacities for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Pa EnuaUS$ 785,000
Project Component 3: Implementing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures in the Pa EnuaUS$ 3,215,000
Project Component 4: Climate change adaptation knowledge managementUS$ 100,000
Project/Programme Execution CostUS$ 460,000
Total Project/Programme Cost (= Project Component + Execution Cost)US$ 4,960,000
Implementing FeeUS$ 421,600
Grant Amount (= Total Project/Programme Cost + Implementing Fee)  US$ 5,381,600

Project Documents

Project conceptPDF372 KB
Project documentPDF2 MB
PPR1 (for web)XLS383 KB
PPR2 (for web)XLSX171 KB
PPR4 (for web)XLSX332 KB
Mid-term evaluation reportPDF822 KB
PPR3 (for web)XLS414 KB

At A Glance


Cook Islands/Asia-Pacific

Grant Amount:

USD 5,381,600

Transferred Amount:

USD 5,381,600

Implementing Entity:

UN Development Programme

Executing Entity:

Climate Change Coordination Unit and Emergency Mgt

Approval Date:


Start Date:



5 years


Project Under Implementation

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